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Friday 24 February 2017

I agree with move, says cancer widower who settled with HSE

Gordon Deegan

THE husband of cancer victim Ann Moriarty says he broadly agrees with the need to cut services from smaller hospitals.

Two women -- Ms Moriarty and Edel Kelly -- died after alleged misdiagnoses at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Ennis.

It prompted an investigation by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) into services at Ennis General.

A number of services have been withdrawn from Ennis General since, including 24-hour A&E.

Ms Moriarty's husband Karl Henry said that Ennis General was "now a safer and better hospital".

Mr Henry said he agreed with the broad thrust of the HSE strategy to remove services from smaller hospitals like Roscommon and concentrate them in larger hospitals where there was a greater throughput of patients.

Mr Henry was speaking after the High Court last week approved a €110,000 settlement over his legal action against the HSE in relation to his wife's death.

Irish Independent

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